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Flowers' Fragrance Diminished By Air Pollution, University of Virginia Study Indicates


April 10, 2008

professor Jose Fuentes with students Air pollution from power plants and automobiles is destroying the fragrance of flowers and thereby inhibiting the ability of pollinating insects to follow scent trails to their source, a new University of Virginia study indicates. This could partially explain why wild populations of some pollinators, particularly bees--which need nectar for food--are declining in several areas of the world, including California and the Netherlands. Full Story

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